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Meteorites in SC


 

Brief history of Meteorites in South Carolina


Photo of Bishopville, SC meteorite







Charles Upham Shepard, a professor at South Carolina Medical College in Charleston became the state’s first known meteorite expert. Shepard started his personal meteorite record in 1843 with the Bishopville Meteorite. Today, South Carolina claims only six known meteorites (out of 1,926 in the United States, according to The Meteoritical Society database).

Bishopville (Aubrite) Photo Credit, Jay Piatek with The Meteoritical Society

Known SC Meterorites

Year
Location
Type
1843
Bishopville, SC
Achondrite
1844
Ruff's Mountain, Newberry County
Octahedrite
1849
Chesterville, SC
Ataxite
1857
Laurens County
Octahedrite
1880
Lexington County
Octahedrite
1933
Cherokee Springs, SC
Chondrite

 

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How do I identify a meteorite?

Cherokee Springs, SC Chondrite
Cherokee Springs, SC Chondrite

Meteorites can be identified in three basic ways:

1. Using a magnet on a string, the meteorite will sway or attract to the magnet.

2. Comparing the weight to an earth rock of the same size, the meteorite is very heavy.

3. Observing the exterior of the meteorite, the meteorite should have shiny black crust, areas of rust, and indentions like a thumb leaves in clay.

Photo credit Don Edwards, The Meteoritical Society

Image Gallery
Meteorite1
Meteorite with a Strong Magnet
Photo credit: David Draper

Meteorite2
Meteorite with Black Crust
Photo credit: Eric Twelker

Meteorite3
Meteorite with Thumb Impressions and Rust
Photo credit: Geoffrey Notkin

Fake Meteorite_photo
Fake This is a terrestrial rock. Note the vesicles (holes caused by escaping gas). Meteorites do not have vesicles.
Photo credit: Geoffrey Notkin

Fake Meteorite_Slag photo
Fake Slag is commonly mis-identified as Meteorite. Slag is a man-made metallic by-product, produced by runoff from smelters.
Photo credit: Ken Newton

To Learn More Visit:

Smithsonian Collection

Meterorite.org

Aerolite.org

 

 

 


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